Aug 19, 2016

    LeBron may play for Team USA in Tokyo 2020 Games


    THREE-TIME NBA finals MVP LeBron James says

    he is keeping his options open for a return to

    Team USA for the

    2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    "I did not retire from Team USA," he told sports broadcaster ESPN.

    "I just did not play this summer. So I still left

    the door open."

    A 12-time all-star, he chose to skip the Rio Games because he said he needed to rest after a long season.

    "Every time I watch 'em, I wish I was out there,"

    he said.

    The 31-year-old won

    two gold medals with Team USA in London and Beijing.

    He was also on the

    2004 team who lost

    three games in Athens, settling for a bronze.

    James guided his team

    to the NBA finals in each

    of the past six seasons.

    He returned to Cleveland from Miami Heat ahead

    of the 2014-15 season

    and led the Cavaliers

    to the NBA finals in

    both seasons since then.

    Cleveland lost to

    Golden State in last year's finals before beating the Warriors in the rematch for the first championship in franchise history.

    Last week, he signed a three-year, US$100 million (S$134 million) contract that makes him the NBA's highest-paid player.

    He has said he would

    like to own his own

    team some day.

    "I would love to be a part of a franchise - if not

    at the top," he said on

    website Uninterrupted.

    "My dream is to actually own a team... If I'm fortunate enough to own

    a team, then I'm going

    to hire the best general manager and president

    that I can," he added.

    "But I feel like I got a good eye for not only talent, because we all see

    a lot of talent, but the things that make the talent."

    He averaged 25.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 76 games last season.

    In the postseason,

    his averages improved

    to 26.3, 9.5 and 7.6.